Wham! – Last Christmas (Official Video)
NEW YORK (RichTVX.com) — Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ is an undisputed Christmas classic, and our viewers always love hearing it every December. “Last Christmas” is a song by British pop duo Wham!, originally released in December 1984 on CBS Records internationally and as a double A-side on Epic Records with “Everything She Wants” in the UK. Described as a “high watermark of mid-80s British synthpop songcraft”, it was written and produced by George Michael, and has been covered by many artists since its original release. Upon its initial release in 1984, “Last Christmas” spent five consecutive weeks at number two in the UK Singles Chart—it was held off the top spot at Christmas by Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (on which Michael also performed). After many chart runs in subsequent years, which included three more weeks at number two, and which saw the recording become part of RCA Records’ catalogue, the song finally reached number one in the UK Singles Chart on New Year’s Day 2021 (chart week ending date 7 January 2021), more than 36 years after its initial release. In doing so, it became the fifth UK number one single for the duo and surpassed Tony Christie’s almost 16 year-long record for the longest time a single has taken to top the UK Singles Chart after its initial release with “(Is This The Way To) Amarillo?” in March 2005, which had itself taken 33 years 4 months to top the chart (with Peter Kay, though credited, only actually appearing in the video). Prior to it reaching number one, “Last Christmas” had for many years held the record as the highest-selling single never to top the charts by the Official Charts Company (OCC) with 1.9 million copies sold (not including streams). This record is now held by “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera. The tune reached number one in the UK after it was streamed 9.2 million times in the last week of 2020 and sold 1,555 downloads, resulting in a total of 40,149 combined sales.Outside the United Kingdom, the song topped the charts in Denmark, Slovenia, and Sweden and peaked within the top ten of the charts in several countries including Australia, Germany, Ireland, and the United States. Wham! donated all of their royalties to relief efforts for the Ethiopian famine. In a UK-wide poll in December 2012, it was voted eighth on the ITV television special The Nation’s Favourite Christmas Song and was voted most popular song of the 1980s in Channel 5’s Christmas 2020 countdown Britain’s Favourite 80’s Songs. It was the most-played Christmas song of the 21st century in the UK until it was overtaken by “Fairytale of New York” in 2015.
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Wham! (briefly known in the US as Wham! U.K.) were an English pop duo formed in Bushey in 1979. The duo consisted of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. They became one of the most commercially successful pop acts of the 1980s, selling more than 30 million certified records worldwide from 1982 to 1986.Influenced by funk and soul music and presenting themselves as disaffected youth, Wham!’s 1983 debut album Fantastic addressed the United Kingdom’s unemployment problem and teen angst over adulthood. Their second studio album Make It Big in 1984 was a worldwide pop smash hit, charting at number one in both the UK and the United States. Associated with the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US, the singles from the album—”Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, “Everything She Wants” and “Careless Whisper”—all topped the US Billboard Hot 100. In 1985, Wham! made a highly publicised 10-day visit to China, the first by a Western pop group. The event was seen as a major watershed moment in increasing friendly bilateral relations between China and the West.In 1986, Wham! broke up. Michael was keen to create music targeted at a more sophisticated adult market rather than the duo’s primarily teenage audience. Before going their separate ways, a farewell single “The Edge of Heaven”, and a greatest-hits album titled The Final would be forthcoming, along with a farewell concert entitled The Final.